Tunde Olaniran Returns With 'Namesake'

Nigerian-American hip-hop punk Tunde Olaniran shares "Namesake," the lead single off his upcoming full-length album 'Transgressor'

Michigan-based rapper/singer Tunde Olaniran shares the first taste off his forthcoming album Transgressor with "Namesake." The new single sees the Nigerian-rooted Olaniran pairing personal lines about self-growth and his youth in London over jolting bursts of stuttering electronics, following the blend of hip-hop, R&B and punk that he explored in last year's Yung Archetype EP. As he explains to Noisey, "'Namesake' is an emotional journey for me, and the energy of the track doesn't travel in a straight line. It explodes, then simmers, then crackles, then gets white hot. It's a reflection of how [I'm] choosing to exist in this world." Check out the full tracklist for Transgressor, due August 7 from Quite Scientific, below and pre-order it on iTunes. Stream the single and see Tunde Olaniran's upcoming live dates in Flint and Brooklyn below.

Transgressor Tracklist

1 – Transgressor

2 - Let Me Go

3 - KYBM

4 - Namesake

5 - Up & Down

6 - Everyone's Missing

7 - Run to the Gun

8 - Don't Cry (feat Invincible)

9 - Paladin

10 - Diamonds (feat iRAWniQ & Passalacqua)

11 - Brighter Days

12 - 24KT

Tour Dates

Jun 27 Flint, MI - Flint Pride in the Park @ Riverfront Park

Aug 15 Brooklyn, NY - MoCADA's 5th Annual Soul of BK Festival @ Herbert Von King Park


7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Ethic's Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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